In a shocking development, Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla hovered to the UK just before it decided to ban travelers from India. Adar Poonawalla said that he is planning to stay in the UK for a long time because of the constant threats he’s getting from chief ministers and other corporate leaders in India.

“Threats is an underestimation. The level of expectation and aggression is really unprecedented. It’s overwhelming. Everyone feels they should get the vaccine. They can’t understand why anyone else should get it before them,” Poonawalla told the Times, London.

It is thought-provoking to note that Adar Poonawalla was recently given Y-level security by the Indian government. In an interview with the Times, the SII chief said that the calls begin warmly but the caller starts threatening him when he told them that it wouldn’t be possible for him to jump the queue.

They are saying if you don’t give us the vaccine it’s not going to be good….It’s not foul language. It’s the tone. It’s the implication of what they might do if I don’t comply. It’s taking control. It’s coming over and basically surrounding the place and not letting us do anything unless we give in to their demands,” said Adar Poonawalla.

Meanwhile, Indian authorities are clambering for vaccines, medicines, and oxygen as the nation faces its worst health crisis. The Union health ministry on Sunday morning reported that the country logged as many as 3,92,488 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, and 3689 deaths pushing the cumulative count to 1,95,57,457.


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